Photo of Judy Denny
Judy Denny

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Canadian Society is thrilled to announce the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022- Judi Denny. For over 25 years, Judi’s work has elevated the stature of the Canadian Peony Society, within Canada and beyond. Her continued contributions as a mentor and fierce advocate as a peony enthusiast have been immeasurable.

The Canadian Peony Society proudly presented this honor to Judi Denny virtually on June 4, 2022 at the CPS AGM.

Peony Celebrations 2022

Photos of the blooms are starting to come in.

May 17 - Single Yellow - Submitted by Holly Pender Love Trail in B.C.

Make sure your region is represented by submitting your peony photos on June 1, June 15,  July 1 and July 15.

History of the CPS/SPC

About the Founder by Len Monkman

Our founder John Simkins is indeed a remarkable individual. In one of our issues I hope to give you a brief history of his life (to-date!) but with limited space I would like to point out that to start a new society in one’s eightieth year is itself remarkable.

John is an OHA Master Gardener as many of you will know, who specializes in peonies growing about 1200 of them around his home and maintaining a hive of bees to ensure fertilization. He is a past President of the American Peony Society and also the Oakville Horticultural Society (more than once), a past director of the RBG and OHA and a professional member and past Director of the Garden Writers of America. He finds time to write a weekly column for the Oakville Beaver. In his “spare time” he serves his church as a bell ringer, prayer giver, reader and chalice bearer and sets up coffee service for the mid week morning service.

On top of all this he also does volunteer Horticultural Therapy at the Oakville hospital with geriatric patients. As has been said many times “If you want something doing ask a busy person?” That would be John.

About the Society

The Canadian Peony Society was formed in January 1998. Our Constitution was adopted at the first Annual meeting in June 98.

Our aims are: to promote the growing, improving and use of peonies in the garden and for home decoration; to encourage peony breeding to produce distinctly Canadian peony hybrids; to locate and record locally bred peonies, and produce a national registry of collections and their location; and, to sponsor an annual peony show and encourage regional shows.

The Society’s activities include: plant sales; a seed exchange; and an annual national flower show. In addition, regional chapters of the Society are being formed, whose activities include local educational meetings, garden tours, and root sales. There is an active Breeding Program and a Heritage programme is being organised. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in peonies.

Enquiries about the Canadian Peony Society may be directed to

Au sujet de la Société canadienne de la pivoine

La Société canadienne de la pivoine fut créée en janvier 1998. Notre Constitution fut adoptée durant la première réunion annuelle en juin 98.

Notre but est de promouvoir la culture, l’amélioration et l’utilisation des pivoines dans l’aménagement de nos jardins; d’encourager l’hybridation des pivoines de façon à obtenir des pivoines typiquement canadiennes, de localiser et d’enregistrer les pivoines développées chez-nous et de créer un registre national des collections et de leur localisation et enfin offrir une exposition annuelle des pivoines et encourager des expositions régionales.

Les activités de la Société incluent la vente de racines, l’échange de graines et une Exposition florale nationale annuelle (Annual National Flower show). De plus des filiales régionales de la Société sont en développement; leurs activités incluent des réunions locales éducatives, des visites de jardins et la vente de racines. Il existe un programme d’hybridation en pleine activité et un programme Patrimoine est en cours d’organisation, La Société accueille autant les novices que les spécialistes des pivoines.

Canadian Peony Society 2022 Peony of the Year: Le Cratère

Canadian Peony Society 2022 Peony of the Year: Le Cratère

Le Cratère, Originators F-L. Tremblay / G. & D. Maltais.

Parentage: ‘Pink Princess’ x Peregrina. A collaborative effort. Photo Credit: François-Léo Tremblay











Who We Are

We are a Society dedicated to the growth and development of Peonies. We are always looking for new members and enthusiasts to join the Society, so join us and come and share your passion!

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Canadian Peony Society
4338 Line 26
St. Pauls, ON N0K 1V0

Our Mission

As a non profit organization our mission as a society is to promote the cultivation and enjoyment of peonies in Canada.